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Chris Hoy set to retire from cycling this week

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After adding two more gold medals to his already impressive list career of accomplishments, Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, is likely to announce his retirement from track cycling this week, according to the British Press.

Hoy, 37, has six career golds and one silver in track cycling, and earned back-to-back championships in the team sprint and Keirin disciplines as he led the Brits to a dominant performance on their home track last summer.

“It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, if indeed, he does retire,” BBC Sport’s Jill Douglas opined Monday. “He’s had a long holiday and been busy developing his new bike brand and he will have thought long and hard about any decision he has made.”

The only real surprise is that Hoy, a born Scotsman, won’t compete in the 2014 Commonwealth in his home city of Glasgow next year on the track that was literally named after him. But Hoy has previously said he didn’t want to compete if he doesn’t think he can win, so the fact that he didn’t race in February’s world track cycling championships seems to mean he’s done with competitive cycling.

Amy Purdy, Winter Paralympic medalist, to perform at Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony

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Amy Purdy made her name as a snowboardcross bronze medalist at the Sochi Paralympics and runner-up on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

In September, she’ll combine both.

Purdy will perform as a dancer in the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7, in addition to being an NBC reporter during the Games.

She was told her performance will be four to five minutes. On “Dancing with the Stars,” her performances were about 90 seconds, she said. She traveled to Rio for a week of rehearsals in July.

Purdy, 36, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20.

“I’m most excited about the concept of this dance,” Purdy said. “Just the idea of man versus machine. A lot of times we feel really limited because of our prosthetics. But this dance, hopefully, will kind of shatter those borders a little bit and allow me to move my body in a way I haven’t done before.”

Purdy is an innovator. She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting her sport into the Paralympic program beginning in 2014.

A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video, a Super Bowl commercial, ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and competed on “The Amazing Race” in 2012.

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Sneak peek at Lindsey Vonn’s episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

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Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

From NBC Universal:

“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”

Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.

With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.

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